NEWARK, NJ – Essex County continues to host free coronavirus testing and food distribution events in Newark.
The county will continue its ongoing series of COVID-19 testing events in Newark on Tuesday, April 13th. Open to all Essex County residents, the event will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Essex County’s Hall of Records complex, Employee Parking Deck, 50 West Market Street.
Here’s how it works, district officials said:
“Essex County residents with or without symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Residents 8 years and older are welcome to get tested. Residents are encouraged to retest if they have taken the swab or saliva test 14 days or more before and have received negative test results. Tests are provided free of charge. No health insurance is required. To schedule an appointment, residents should visit www.EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456. They will be asked to complete a short questionnaire. You will be given an appointment and a confirmation number. Residents should bring the confirmation number. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. “
Another free COVID-19 testing event is scheduled for Saturday, April 17th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Essex County’s Public Works Department at 99 West Bradford Avenue in Cedar Grove.
In the meantime, Essex County’s free food distributions in Newark will continue with an event on Thursday, April 15th.
The giveaway starts at 9 a.m. in Weequahic Park.
District officials said 500 boxes of food will be distributed. The event is designed to benefit families who became unemployed during the coronavirus pandemic and cannot afford to eat.
Here’s how it will work, officials said:
“Residents driving to the site should enter the park through the Meeker Avenue entrance. Residents waiting to enter the park should queue up Meeker Avenue before turning right into the park. Turn left off that Meeker Avenue into the park is not allowed. Residents are not allowed. The site should come to the Rev. Ronald Christian Sports Complex. A station will be set up next to the parking lot on the west side of the soccer field. Residents walking to the site must wear a face mask / Wear cover and follow social distancing guidelines It is recommended that residents going to the construction site bring a cart. The boxes weigh about 40 pounds. Residents driving or walking are requested to arrive at the site by 8am This is done to allow normal traffic flow through the construction site and to prevent traffic safety from being created. Bus they are not allowed to enter. “
Essex County officials added:
“The emergency food boxes contain enough food for around 40 meals. They consist of a variety of non-perishable foods such as oatmeal, rice, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, long-life milk and canned vegetables, chilli, soup and ravioli. Items may vary depending on availability. Only an emergency grocery box is placed in the trunk of a vehicle or given to any resident who goes to the construction site. “
Patch has partnered with Feeding America to help raise awareness of the millions of Americans who are starving. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that approximately 42 million Americans may not have enough nutritious foods to eat in 2021 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social patch project. Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.
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